Britt Janyk Fifth in World Cup Slalom - BC Alpine Ski Association

Janyk, of Whistler, BC, posted the fastest time of the first run, finishing 33 hundredths ahead of home-crowd favourite Anja Paerson of Sweden, a powerhouse in the technical events this season.

“I was pretty calm after the first run, actually. I'm really proud of the way I handled it,” said Janyk, 22, of Whistler, B.C. “For sure it's different to be in the lead, and especially at the World Cup level. It was the first time for me. I was nervous, but just like I am for any other run.”

Janyk started last in the second run, and ended up fifth. “I'm ecstatic with 5th-place. I know that the podium is in sight, and that I belong amongst the leaders. It won't happen every day, but I'll certainly strive for it with every run,” she said.

Paerson, skiing in front of her home crowd in Sweden, captured her fifth World Cup win of the season, and eighth podium result, finishing with a total time of two minutes, 29.88.

Though Janyk was nervous, head coach Mark Sharp said he and the other coaches stayed cool throughout the race. “We're not nervous because we trust their skiing. It's great now because when one girl doesn't do it, the other can. It's a real team, and we're definitely one of the strongest teams in GS,” he said.